Student playing instrument during Mark Laver, Assistant Professor of Music Rehearsal

Music Department

Do you love music? The Music Department offers lessons, ensembles, and courses for beginners and experienced musicians alike, in styles ranging from Gregorian chant to Gospel. Courses in theory, history, ethnomusicology, jazz, composition, and performance have interdisciplinary links to many other departments; with intense faculty mentoring, music majors develop strong career opportunities in these and many other fields. Come explore our world-class instrument collection, and sample some of the 100-plus events we host each year!

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For Vincent Kelley ’16 and Omri Benami ’16, making music is about engaging with many different disciplines. The Grinnell approach to music allows them to meaningfully dive into the complexity of the history and context of the music they play.

Department News

Artistic rendering of fenceline in a field with ray of light

Concert to Feature Oratorio about Matthew Shepard on Sunday, Dec. 9

The Grinnell Oratorio Society and the Grinnell Singers will present the Iowa premiere of the complete Considering Matthew Shepard oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.
Brian Cavanagh-Strong ’09 on a beach

Symphony Concert to Feature World Premiere of Alumnus’s Orchestration

The Symphony Orchestra’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Sebring-Lewis Hall will feature the world premiere performance of the orchestral version of A Gardener, composed by Brian Cavanagh-Strong ’09.
Ian Clarke, featured 2019 Iowa Flute Festival artist

Announcing the 2019 Iowa Flute Festival to Be Hosted by the College's Music Department!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, when featured guest artist Ian Clarke will join flutists and flute lovers for the festival in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.
Sun
Dec. 16

Renaissance Compline Concert

Off Campus - See EVENT DESCRIPTION for Location
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 7 – 8pm
Thu
Dec. 20

MUS-261-01 Music Final Exam

Bucksbaum 263 - Fitzgibbons Music Seminar
Thursday, December 20, 2018, 9am – 12pm
Sun
Feb. 3

Violin/Piano Recital

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2 – 3:30pm
Thu
Feb. 14

Gabriel Espinosa in Concert

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Department Information

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(641) 269-4420

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States